Taking the responsibility of the loss to Afghanistan in the one-off Test on Monday, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said the whole blame goes on his shoulders and the all-rounder himself should have taken more responsibility.
Notably, Afghanistan on Monday outplayed Bangladesh by 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chattogram.
Afghanistan, led by their spinners, dismissed Bangladesh for 205 and 173, with the 52 scored by Mominul Haque in the first innings the highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in the match. Shakib was scathing. “We probably got zero [out of hundred],” Shakib said, when asked to evaluate the performance. “The Afghans earned a letter mark, and we could not put them under any pressure. It is very difficult to accept [this defeat], it is very disappointing.”
“The whole blame goes on my shoulders,” he said. “I was very nervous when I came out to bat, and got out the first ball and it was my fault. I should have taken more responsibility and could have avoided the cut shot. We had to play only one hour and 10 minutes, and I got out the first ball. So it became harder for the team. The dressing room would have felt more comfortable if I had stayed out.”
While batting on 44, Shakib edged a Zahir Khan-delivery to wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai, with Bangladesh still needing to survive a minimum of 9.2 overs to avoid defeat.
After Shakib’s departure, Bangladesh could add only add 30 runs before getting bundled up with 224 runs short of the finishing line.